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Stay up to date on news and health issues that impact Texas. Our news releases, news updates, health alerts, and health advisories keep you in the know about public health in Texas.

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Stay up to date on news and health issues that impact Texas. Our news releases, news updates, health alerts, and health advisories keep you in the know about public health in Texas.

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Health Advisory
Health Advisory
October 2, 2023

Health Advisory: Red Tide Along Texas Gulf Coast

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) is notifying the public of a harmful algal bloom, or red tide, caused by Karenia brevis along the Texas Gulf Coast, including the upper coast around Galveston Bay. People should exercise caution...

News Release
News Release
September 29, 2023

Flu Vaccination Recommended as Annual Flu Season Kicks Off in Texas

October 1 is Influenza Awareness Day in Texas, and the Department of State Health Services recommends eligible Texans protect themselves and their families by getting a flu shot as soon as possible. It takes the body about two weeks to make flu...

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News Updates
September 12, 2023

Fungal Meningitis

DSHS is closing the investigation into cases of fungal meningitis linked to surgery done in Matamoros, Mexico earlier this year. The most recent Texas case associated with this outbreak developed symptoms in May and it was reported to public health...

News Release
News Release
September 6, 2023

EMS Scholarship Program Attracts and Retains Personnel in Texas

The Texas Department of State Health Services’ Emergency Medical Services Scholarship Program has helped attract EMS personnel in Texas, contributing to an increase of 6,000 certified professionals in the last three years.

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Health Alert
August 29, 2023

Health Alert: Confirmed Case of Measles - August 2023

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) is reporting a confirmed case of measles in a resident of McCulloch County. The last confirmed measles case in Texas was in June 2023 in Hood County.

News Release
News Release
August 2, 2023

Texas Launches Effort to Reduce Opioid-Related Deaths in Pregnancy with Houston Summit

The Texas Department of State Health Services today hosted a TexasAIM summit focused on reducing deaths and injuries of pregnant women and new mothers due to opioid and other substance use. The 600 in-person and virtual attendees heard from state and...

Health Advisory
Health Advisory
July 31, 2023

Health Advisory: Animal Rabies Health Advisory – Public Health Region 8

Summary

Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Public Health Region 8 has seen an increase in skunks testing positive for rabies in Victoria County and surrounding areas. The south-central skunk rabies variant is endemic to Texas, and...

Health Advisory
Health Advisory
July 25, 2023

Health Advisory: Fungal Meningitis Outbreak – Change in Clinical Guidance

This is an update to the Texas Department of State Health Services Health Alert issued on May 23, 2023.

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and local public health departments...

News Release
News Release
July 20, 2023

No-cost healthcare at five RGV sites during Operation Border Health Preparedness

No-cost health clinics will be available for residents of South Texas during next week’s Operation Border Health Preparedness, an exercise conducted annually by the Texas Department of State Health Services and its partners to prepare for public...

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News Release
July 11, 2023

Texas Reports First West Nile Case of 2023

Public health officials have confirmed the state’s first case of illness caused by West Nile virus in 2023. Dallas County Health and Human Services reported that a resident of Dallas County has been diagnosed with West Nile neuroinvasive disease.

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